This exhibition, drawn exclusively from the Imperial War Museum's Art collection, brings together the work of British artists who have documented conflict in the Middle East from the First World War to more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Containing a number of works that have not been on public display before, this exhibition also incorporates travel journals, interviews, film and photography that document the experiences of artists working in a complex landscape and throughout the social and political changes that have shaped the Middle East we know today.
The exhibition provides a context for the display of Queen and Country by Steve McQueen. This new work, commissioned by the Imperial War Museum and Manchester International Festival, commemorates British soldiers who have been killed in Iraq. The project takes the form of a series of postage sheets featuring a photographic portrait of the individual servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the conflict so far.